Everyone knows that yoga is good for you. So how many times a week do you need to do it to make a difference in your life? We sat down with Christian Salton, a Shaman and international yoga teacher with more than 15 years of teaching experience. He currently teaches at KXU, Equinox, BXR and Annabel’s as well as running wellness retreats and teacher training abroad…
How many times a week do you need to do yoga for results?
When it comes down to it, the optimal amount of days per week to practice yoga will vary from person to person. It all depends on what you’re in it for. Some are limited by time or costs, and many simply don’t have the motivation or know-how to practice on their own at home. But, in an ideal situation 3 times per week.
What are some of the benefits of yoga we’ll find if we practice more regularly?
The benefits of yoga are numerous. I wouldn’t say one benefit is superior to another because we are all unique and have different goals in mind. Most start off just wanting to improve their flexibility, which is a good thing. A less flexible body can mean more strain, less efficiency and an increased risk of injury if you try to move really tight joints through their full range of motion. So, your flexibility will improve with yoga. But with consistent practice, you should also notice your breathing improves, you’ll have a calmer mind and improved strength. Finally, being more comfortable in your own skin – now that’s a great benefit.
Are there things we should do or things we should avoid to get the most out of yoga?
A student should explore different studios and different teachers to find a teacher that they like and feel a good connection with. A good teacher should not aim to be ‘your light’ they should aim towards ‘lighting your light’ and challenge students whilst equally looking after and guiding them. A general “law of least effort” also applies here. The law asserts that if there are several ways of achieving the same goal, people will eventually gravitate to the least demanding course of action. So, a student must put the effort in with disciplined consistent practice, ideally with an experienced teacher, if they want to see some change.
Is yoga the only thing you do?
I love movement of all types and love to dance and read books on philosophy, art, wisdom traditions. I am a big fan of R&B and Hip Hop and I also study Shamanic healing practices.
What’s the best thing about yoga?
The best thing about yoga is that it’s for anyone and everyone and excludes no-one. You can practice at home, chair yoga in your office, on a beach, airport lounge … wherever suits. I am also the resident yoga teacher for Annabel’s Private Members Club and teach yoga with a String Quartet playing live in their night club. So you’re not limited to just a studio space or even a specific class. You can be anywhere, and do it anytime.
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